This story was collected as part of a collaborative effort to record the state of American lakes, rivers, and waterways as well an attempt to uncover what water means to Americans. Listen to other stories recorded for the Be Here: Main Street project, a collaboration with the MuseWeb Foundation to record stories from rural America.
A farm is a kid's paradise in Frazee, Minnesota. "We've groomed this place to become a beautiful natural area," says Gayle Dretch of the family farm she and her husband have returned to a more natural state. "We don't have the cattle anymore . . . I really enjoy being able to have my grandkids here being able to experience the nature and the wildlife . . . Their favorite thing is to be near the water and in the woods."